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Norbert Troller Collection 1900-1993


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Extensive autobiographical manuscript by Troller, with illustrations and other supporting material, discussing his family and community, his early life, and his experiences during and after the Holocaust

Material relating to Troller's career as an architect, including educational documents, professional papers, clippings, and blueprints

Extensive photograph collection documenting Troller's life and work in Czechoslovakia and the United States, including photos of buildings designed by him in both countries; photocopies of artwork by Troller, many from his time at Theresienstadt, including items from the Leo Baeck Institute's art collection

Material relating to an exhibit of Troller's work at the Yeshiva University Museum in 1982

Born in Bruenn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czechoslovakia) in 1900, Norbert Troller served as a soldier in World War I, spending time as a prisoner-of-war in Italy. After the war he studied architecture in Brno and Vienna and worked as an architect in Brno until the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942, where he worked as an architect for the Jewish self-adminstration of the camp, and produced works of art as well. In 1944 he was imprisoned by the Gestapo, and was sent to Auschwitz later that year. After liberation, he lived briefly in Cracow, and then reopened his architectural business in Prague and Brno. He emigrated to the United States in 1948 and worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board in New York designing Jewish community centers, before opening his own practice. He died in 1984

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The art collection of the LBI also has an extensive collection of artwork of Troller's from his time in Theresienstadt

Photographs removed to Photograph Collection


Language German
Call number 202159
Digitizing sponsor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Book contributor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Collection LeoBaeckInstitute; americana

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